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The Perfect Blood-Sucker: My New Profile of the Tick

I’ve written about a lot of parasites over the years, but for some reason I haven’t gotten around to one that’s intensely familiar to suburbanites: the tick. Recently, Outside asked me to write a feature about these blood-sucking creatures–exploring their chilling sophistication as blood-suckers and their disturbing ability to spread pathogens. Fortunately (if that’s how you want to think about it) I live in Tick Central, otherwise known as Connecticut. To report on Lyme Disease, I can drive up the road to Lyme. My story is in the June issue of Outside. Check it out.

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  1. ALIREZA SEDAGHATI
    May 1, 2013

    EXCELLENT SHARPNESS

  2. Joe Eaton
    May 1, 2013

    Are you familiar with Robert Lane’s research at UC Berkeley re role of western fence lizards in ecology of Lyme disease? See ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/repositoryfiles/ca5202p4-67730.pdf

  3. robert baccus
    May 1, 2013

    The government is floundering on the subject of Lyme like mant other tasks. The # of cases is hugely underreported for several reasons. People arte not aware of symptoms or consequences. Doctors are almost totally ignorent of the disease because of fear of losing their lisences and fear of the insurence companies. Cases are not reported in order that their patients can be covered by insurance. Insurence co.s dodge it because they know that long term Lyme is horrible and longlasting and long costing. I personally know 9 individuals fighting Lyme and none have been reported up the line to the appropiate agencies. I have fought it for 24 years–multiple systems–now essentially crippled by it and am told I am incurable due to age. I could have been easily cured 24 years ago. There goes the bucket list at 70 years of age.

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